'Working for the conservation and preservation of Thorpe's woodlands as a haven for wildlife and a green space for the local community'.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Oppose New Development Proposals

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust have joined the Friends in opposing the new proposals to build 300 houses over a large section of Thorpe Woods.

John Hiskett, Senior Conservation Officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust said: "The latest proposals from Socially Conscious Capital, although reduced in scale from previous proposals, still represent a major development and will have a significant adverse impact on the woodlands."

The Trust restated that the woods are designated as a County Wildlife Site - an area of land rich in wildlife. In the past the developer has been keen to downplay the environmental value of certain areas of the woods however the Trust pointed out that the information that they hold on the woods shows clearly their continued value. John Hiskett explained that " information that we hold on this County Wildlife Site (CWS) , including recent survey information, shows clearly that the site continues to meet CWS criteria and is an exceptionally valuable site for wildlife in the local context".

County Wildlife Sites are protected by local planning policies and as a result very few have been subject to loss or damage as a result of development and in Norfolk there have been no losses in the last 20 years on the scale  of that proposed here.

For more information on County Wildlife Sites like Thorpe Woods please see the Norfolk Wildlife Trust website.

Please click here to see John Hiskett of NWT being interviewed on Mustard TV about Thorpe Woods.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New housing proposals would destroy an area of woodland larger than Lion Wood

Socially Conscious Capitals (SCC) revised plans for 300 houses in Thorpe Wood have been portrayed as having little impact on the woods. The plans envisage building over an area that would cover 10 hectares.

SCC are keen to downplay the significance of 10 hectares or 25 acres, however to give some idea as to how much woodland would be destroyed by this proposal it is worth bearing in mind that Lion Wood, just off Harvey Lane, only cover 9.2 hectares.
Lion Wood: the new plans would destroy an area of woodland larger than the whole of these woods
The truth is that this unwanted housing scheme would destroy an area of english woodland bigger than Lion Wood,this proposed development would have a disastrous effect on the ecology of Thorpe Woods.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Friends protest against new plans for 300 houses on Thorpe Woods

On Friday the 15th July at 5pm members of the Friends of Thorpe Woodlands gathered outside Dussindale Community Centre to show their strong oppostion to the latest proposals from Socially Conscious Capital to build 300 houses, roads etc over a large portion of Thorpe Woods.

The developers were hosting an invitation only event (to which we weren't invited) to try and promote their new scheme, however as can been seen from these photos local people remain firmly opposed to any development within the woods.

The story was also covered by the EDP and EEN which ran articles on the latest developments.

We will continue to monitor and oppose the developers attempts to build on this much loved greenspace.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Local Councillors Oppose Latest Development Proposals

Following on from the latest proposals by the developers Socially Conscious Capital to build 300 houses over Thorpe Woods the Friends have been contacted by Thorpe St Andrew Councillors who wanted to make clear their opposition to these plans.

Ian Mackie a Broadland Distrct Councillor and Mayor for Thorpe St Andrew said:

“Once again this is over-development and forms no part of the area action plan for approved sites. The plans for 300 houses would decimate the plantation. 

“I have opposed the plans previously and will continue to do so.

“Isn't it time these historic woodlands were given or sold to the public? This will be the third or forth attempt to irreparably damage this site of environmental significance.”

District and Town Councillor John Fisher underlined this opposition by issuing the following statement:

'The proposal site of Thorpe Woods is not identified as development land in the Area Action Plan which has undergone thorough consultation and comment. Major objections, over 2000, were received when the consultation for the Forward Plan went out for consultation, in fact responses to the Thorpe Woods site received more objections than any other parts of the plan, therefore I believe that development on this site is extremely unlikely at this time. The plan identifies suitable development sites up to 2026. Whilst I cannot speak for the whole Town Council, as current chairman of the planning committee I would expect the town council to continue their past policy of objecting to any development of Thorpe Woods. Whilst the proposal for 300 is reduced from the former proposals this development would still have a major impact upon the ecology of this important green lung on the edge of the built up area'.

The latest plans have also been condemned by The Norfolk Wildlife Trust who pointed out that the woods were a County Wildlife Site and that there were no examples of development being allowed on such a site in Norfolk.

The Friends together with local councilllors and conservation bodies such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust oppose any plans for development in the woods.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

New Threat to Thorpe Woods

The Friends of Thorpe Woodland are disappointed to hear that the owners of Thorpe Woods have decided to ignore the views of local people and the stated position of Broadland District Council and have decided to once again put forward new proposals to build housing over Thorpe Woods. The latest plans differ little from their last attempt, they envisage building 300 houses together with supporting roads etc over a large area of the woods.

This new proposal ignores the fact that Broadland District Council has already formally identified enough land to accommodate house building for the next 10 years and that they have identified Thorpe Woods as an area unsuitable for development due to its importance as a County Wildlife site, and due to the widespread local opposition to any development on this much loved green space.
We gather that the developers Socially Conscious Capital have written to the council and have asked to meet them within the next week, therefore we think it is essential for us to once again make clear to the council that we continue to oppose any development in these beautiful woods.

You can help by please sending an email to the following local councillors stating you continued opposition to any development in Thorpe Woods, the following councillors have been longstanding supporters of Thorpe Woods and have staunchly opposed their development:

In addition to contacting the council you may also think about writing a letter to the press, their email address is  EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

 Socially Conscious Capitals new proposals can be viewed here: 

With your help we can once again protect Thorpe woods for future generations.

Thank you for your continued support.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Friends restore Belmore Woods and clear footpaths

Over the last few months we have been contacted by many local Thorpe residents who walk in Thorpe Woods, they have been greatly concerned by the mess created in the woods by the felling of trees last November. This felling resulted in large areas of Belmore Woods, including many of the foot paths, being blocked by branches and tree trunks which had been left strewn across the woods by the contractors.

The state of Belmore Woods after the felling last November, many paths were blocked by a thick layer of branches and felled trees.

The Friends of Thorpe Woodlands continue to support managed forestry within the woods as we are keen for them to have a long term sustainable future as a woodland and green lung for the people of Thorpe and Norwich. However the mess left behind by the contractors, as shown in the photo above, is not managed forestry and if left like this would damage the ecosystem of the woods and hinder the ability of local residents to visit and enjoy them, 

Therefore over the Easter weekend a group of the Friends spent an entire day clearing the paths and woodland floor of these branches and tree trunks.

The work started near to the entrance to the woods on Southhill Road and progressed through the woods towards Pound Lane, 

Luckily we were blessed with good weather and a strong turn out from local people. 

Throughout the day people walking their dogs or visiting the woods with their families stopped to talk about how much they valued the woods and how pleased they were to see the paths being cleared and the woods being cared for, many offered to help as volunteers on any future work.

Local families helping to clear the paths
Those working on the day included local families who helped to collect the branches into 5 main piles, and as can be seen from the following photo the woods looked much more like their old selves as a result of this hard work.

Belmore woods after the branches have been cleared from the path and floor and gathered into piles.
The Friends of Thorpe Woodlands always said that they were here for the long term, and we will continue to monitor and care for these woods to ensure that local people can continue to enjoy walking along their paths and wildlife can continue to thrive in them.

More work needs to be done to clear the branches left by last years felling and so please contact us if you would like to help.

Part of Belmore woods after the volunteers have cleared them.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Felling in Belmore Plantation

The owners of Thorpe Woods have recently carried out felling along the edge of the woods that backs on to Booty Road.

As with any felling the work, the felling that is being carried out in Belmore Plantation has to comply with the Felling Licences that have been issued by the Forestry Commission.

We understand that the following is the licence that has been issued by the Forestry Commission in respect of Belmore Plantation and that consequently the owners must adhere to the terms set out in it.

Any felling that is carried out without such as licence or doesn't comply with a licence can result in the Forestry Commission taking action against the parties responsible, Click HERE for more details..